Okinawa Island, Japan
With a history so rich and landscape so enormous, visitors to the Okinawa Island located about 400 miles from Japan, can get confused as to savour which one first. Blessed with a tropical climate, the island is the perfect place to snorkel, hike or to simply take idle long walks on its pristine beach.
26,000 acres of woodlands, serene low lying lakes, and non-threatening sandstone mountains would compel even the laziest of soul to sit up and take notice….Home to Ireland’s first National Park, Killarney the quaint town side of Kerry County is a visual treat to say the least.
Distinct architecture, amicable residents, delectable spread of food and the arresting views of the Mount Ararat… I think I have counted enough reasons for you to pack your bags and leave for Yerevan right now.
Galle, Sri Lanka
Pattaya is too commercial, Hawaii is too crowded and Miami is too cliché! What other options beach lovers have, you ask? Head to the fourth largest yet less explored city of Sri Lanka. And, when you are done admiring its crystal blue waters and gorging on yummy Sri Lankan food, you might want to admire its gorgeous colonial architecture. Galle Fort, the renowned Dutch fort, built 1663 is another iconic landmark that shouldn’t be missed.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
Painting or a real image, did you just blink twice to confirm? Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with your eyesight, this archipelago is indeed this beautiful! Located in northern Norway, this district is renowned for museums, hiking trails, and of course, the fantastic display of Northern Lights!
Let the world go crazy about the Swiss Alps or the mighty Himalayas, if you are looking for a secluded spot which is the right amount of commercial and tranquil, Mestia would not disappoint you! Immerse yourself in mesmerizing Caucasus Mountain ranges and choose your own poison Chacha (Georgian beer or wine), very popular worldwide.
Partying, shopping, hogging on sumptuous food, sightseeing no matter what the theme of your vacation be, a trip to Beirut would ensure you miss nothing! After all, this cosmopolitan city of the Middle East, is called ‘Paris of Middle East’ for a reason!
Pyongyang, North Korea
So this trip is strictly for the “adventurous”. When I say “adventurous,” I mean it… where else would you need permission to click pictures, I-see-through-you stares and a huge list of do’s and don’ts. But, if you are willing to overlook these hiccups, you will witness a stunning display of architecture in the form of Juche tower, Arch of Triumph, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, among others.
Big Sur, California
Sparse population, insanely gorgeous beach, lush Santa Lucia Mountains and the mighty Pacific Ocean… all of this is a perfect recipe for me-time vacation. Head to Big Sur, before the rest of the world discovers it.
A sunset camel ride at the Cable Beach, taking a dip in Anastasia’s Pool, guzzling cans of ginger beer while you let the sand at Riddell Beach tickle your feet, or simply checking out the dinosaur footprints at the Gantheaume Point; Broome, the coastal town, in Western Australia believes in pampering its visitors to the core.
Good things come in small packages, and Budva is an excellent example of this phrase. Do not let its tininess fool you… a historic town together with incredible beach attracts party animals from all over the world like no other.
White Sands, NM, USA
A white, cool desert? Kidding? I’m not. Check for yourself, the world’s largest gypsum dunefield (275 square miles of white sand) made up of gypsum and calcium sulphate, which is cool to touch because it reflects the sun rays and does not absorb.
Wondering where to head to this summer? The Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, with its varied array of things to do is perfect place to visit. Climate, friendly people who appreciate visitors and great party scene are the additional perks.
Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico
Ever planned of renouncing the world and settling in a faraway land? Well! Visit Isla de Vieques, and take a glimpse of how the life would look like! Amazingly cute, this island is only about 22 miles long and four miles wide, and blessed with clear water and noiseless beaches.
One visit to this gorgeous city and your perception about it being “poor” would fade away. A little less dolled up than its European sisters, this city is a perfect host to anyone who craves for out-of-routine vacation.